Biometrics applications in e-health security: A preliminary survey

Ebenezer Okoh, Ali Ismail Awad

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

22 Citations (Scopus)


Driven by the desires of healthcare authorities to offer better healthcare services at a low cost, electronic Health (e-Health) has revolutionized the healthcare industry. However, while e-Health comes with numerous advantages that improve health services, it still suffers from security and privacy issues in handling health information. E-Health security issues are mainly centered around user authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality, and patient privacy protection. Biometrics technology addresses the above security problems by providing reliable and secure user authentication compared to the traditional approaches. This study explores the security and privacy issues in e-Health, and offers a comprehensive overview of biometrics technology applications in addressing the e-Health security challenges. The paper concludes that biometrics technology has considerable opportunities for application in e- Health due to its ability to provide reliable security solutions. Although, additional issues like system complexity, processing time, and patient privacy related to the use of biometrics should be taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Information Science - 4th International Conference, HIS 2015, Proceedings
EditorsKendall Ho, Xiaoxia Yin, Rui Zhou, Hua Wang, Uwe Aickelin, Daniel Zeng
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)3540625984, 9783319191553
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Health Information Science, HIS 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: May 28 2015May 30 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference4th International Conference on Health Information Science, HIS 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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